There are some that are at least familiar with their roots in Haitian culture and Voodoo religion. Bokors are Voodoo priests that practice black magic and are said to have the power to create and raise zombies. These priests use a special powder called coup padre. This powder contains a toxin that renders the victim in a state that seems like they are dead. They are then buried by the family until the Bokor digs them up. The victim has lost all memory and becomes a mindless drone. They will remain this way until the Bokor dies
What many don’t realize is that the roots of zombie lore are much older and obscure than that. Some believe the earliest origins are in the eighth century. Archeologists believe that the Greeks may have been the first culture terrorized by zombies. They found evidence of skeletons weighed down by rocks or other heavy objects as if to keep the bodies in their graves.
Other archeologists have theories that the Mayan culture may have been wiped out by a zombie apocalypse. There is evidence of widespread cannibalism. There is evidence on bones found in and around Mayan cities of bones torn from their sockets then immediately eaten clean. Further evidence shows entire villages consuming themselves in a matter of days.
Evidence found in Syria shows bodies during the Stone Age that were originally buried were later dug up. The heads were smashed up or decapitated. They aren’t certain why this was done. Many theorize it was to prevent the dead coming back to life.
Placing stones on top of graves was believe to originated out of the fear that the dead might come back to life. Eventually smaller heavy stones turned into one large gravestone.
No matter what you believe, zombies are here to stay. They are embedded in our culture and gain in popularity every day.
To celebrate Halloween, I am giving away copies of my version of a zombie outbreak. Please note there is a mature version and a regular version.
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Dean Reynold's day started out on a high note until he got a call to a murder scene. It was violence, and gore like the hardened homicide detective never saw before. Then everything started to unravel. Seemingly normal people were attacking others for no reason. The quiet little town he grew up in was turning into a nightmare. Dean desperately tries to solve the mystery when surviving suddenly becomes a higher priority.
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